All the latest transfer news and gossip from The Emirates from the past 24 hours.
Team news now ahead of the game against Sunderland tomorrow - with Kieran Gibbs out of action. He injured his buttock in the game against Bayern Munich on Wednesday and therefore Nacho Monreal is likely to deputise. Gibbs is definitely pout this weekend - but could return for their subsequent fixture.
Mikel Arteta is back from suspension in midweek and Wenger confirmed there will be changes to the side that face Bayern:
“There will be changes - that's for sure. How many I don't know yet. I have to decide today after training and tonight.”
“Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger are very tough to play against, really big and strong, so it was a good test for me. But I am a big boy too, and it was just a case of not letting them intimidate me. I didn’t let them bully me - I had to be there in the physical battle.”
Sanogo may be dropped for Olivier Giroud this weekend.
Mathieu Flamini has been speaking about the on-pitch argument he had with Mesut Ozil on Wednesday. Flamini appeared to have a go at the German for not tracking back in the game - but made it clear that it was simply on the pitch heat:
“Mesut is one of my closest team-mates and we were on the pitch. It was not about arguing it was just about communication. Mesut is a winner, I'm a winner; we were both fighting because we just wanted to give everything to the team…”
Lukasz Fabianski is set to leave the club in the summer. His contract expires at the end of the season and he wants regular first-team football.
Wenger admitted he could be on his way today, stating:
"Of course it is a possibility that it is his last campaign with us because he wants to play somewhere but if he changes his mind, my door is open."
Thierry Henry has been speaking about the clubs performances this season - and is hopeful of success this campaign - despite admitting he didn’t harbour much hope at the beginning of the season:
"This last loss against Liverpool, everybody was [acting] like it's the end. It's not the end. They're still there. They're still in the mix. I love Arsenal, but let's all be honest - I don't think a lot of people thought that they were going to compete for the title, to still be in the Champions League, still in the FA Cup and playing well."
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